Workspaces Promoting Well-being

12th – 14th of September 2017
Hanasaari, Espoo (Helsinki area), Finland


  • Occupational health and safety professionals
  • Architects
  • Workplace designers
  • Interior designers
  • Workplace owners and managers
  • Human resources managers and developers
  • Consultants

About this course

A good indoor environment has a significant effect on people’s health, well-being and work performance. The design of workspaces must take into account the employees, their work tasks and work processes.

A glimpse of the program

  • Kari Reijula (University of Helsinki): Introduction and overview on healing environments in health care
  • Göran Lindahl (Chalmers University, Sweden): Participation for real, engaging workspace in organizational development. Case examples from Hospitals
  • Peter Fröst (Chalmers University, Sweden): Evidence based co-design of workplaces. Case examples from Hospitals
  • Marjaana Lahtinen (FIOH, Finland): Good practices and development needs of managing workplace changes. Case examples and research results.
  • Leena Aalto (FIOH): Usability of workplaces. Case examples from office environments.
  • Virpi Ruohomäki (FIOH): Salutogenic approach for workplace design. Research results from activity-based office environments.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Tuesday.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches.

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


26th – 28th of October 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code “NIVA” (available until 2.10.2020).

Single The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool). room: 128 €/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until 2nd of October 2020.

EUR 115 – 134 / night

Course objectives

Purpose of the course is to provide a multidisciplinary overview on workspaces promoting health and well-being of users. The purpose is also to introduce user-centered, participatory approach for workplace design and workplace changes. Scope of the course is on the social and health care environments and modern office environments, like activity-based offices.

General course fee information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Subject background

The changes in today’s work life require a new approach to designing workspaces. The way in which work is changing, new working practices, and changes in working behaviour all affect the use of workspaces and the future needs of work premises. The significance of workspaces and the way in which they are used are undergoing changes. The rapid development of information and communications technology means that work is no longer necessarily tied to a specific place or time.

In Europe, energy and space efficiency are central targets in all construction and renovation activities. We need researched evidence regarding the effects of energy saving requirements and increasing space efficiency on the quality of the indoor environment and the well-being of employees if we are to design and build workspaces in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, while also ensuring that they promote the well-being of employees.

Course leader

Virpi Ruohomäki

  • Dr, Senior Researcher, Project Manager, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), FI

Course lecturers

Göran Lindahl

Heljä Franssila

Kari Reijula

Leena Aalto

Marjaana Lahtinen

Peter Fröst

Robert McGrath

Valtteri Hongisto

  • Docent, Turku University of Applied Science, FI

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